Clearance behind microwave?

minneapolisiteOctober 18, 2012

I have the option of having my backsplash tile go all the way up behind the microwave OR stopping approximately where the bottom of the microwave will sit. It will look the same and cost the same either way BUT my question is will this affect mounting the microwave? Will the microwave stick out too far in this scenario?

My builder won't give me a straight answer. :S

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Angie_DIY

I think you have to tell us how the microwave will be mounted.... a shelf, bottom of cabinet, built in to cabinet.... ?

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 4:16PM
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hags00

Built in over the range type microwaves are hooked on to a bracket which is mounted on the wall. If you tile first, you have to find your studs and drill through your tile to mount the bracket. Not impossible, but certainly a little harder.

Most OTR microwaves sit proud of the upper cabinets by a couple inches. Yours would be a couple inches + the thickness of the tile. I wouldn't think that would be particularly noticeable.

I generally like to install my microwave and then tile up to the bottom of it.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 5:00PM
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minneapolisite

Thanks everyone. It is not an over-the-range microwave--it's being mounted under an upper cabinet like this:

I'd like the option of someday ditching the microwave and using the space as a shelf, otherwise I'd just tile up to the bottom of it.

The builder was clueless, but the tile contractor was confident that the microwave would fit and he didn't charge extra for the labor/materials used so I okay'd it. Hope it looks okay!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:13AM
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